A week-long shooting championship kicked off in Danapur on Thursday as Bihar Military Police officers displayed their skills at a firing range.
The event — Sachchidanand Akhauri Inter-shooting Championship 2013-14 — is organised by the Bihar Military Police (BMP). Director-general of police Abhayanand inaugurated the tourney, which will also be organised in Rohtas district, at the BMP headquarters in Patna.
Later in the day, the focus shifted to the firing range of the Bihar Regimental Centre, Danapur, on the outskirts of the city.
The personnel from BMP’s different battalions hit bullseye with their favourite rifles on the first day of the championship. The participants displayed their shooting skills by hitting the target with sten guns, pistols, carbines and revolvers.
The championship will conclude on February 5. It would be held at Dehri-on-Sone in Rohtas too.
Inaugurating the mega event, Abhayanand said different wings of the state police would take part in the shooting championship from next year.
“Personnel of the Special Task Force (STF), district armed police, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), vigilance investigation bureau and Government Railway Police would be encouraged to participate in this event from 2015,” said Abhayanand
Traditionally, every year, BMP personnel are selected for the championship. Apart from participants from different parts of the state, personnel of the BMP’s newly formed women battalion are also taking part in the championship this year.
Cultural shows would be organised by different battalions of the elite force every evening.
The top three winners would be honoured with medals on the championship’s concluding day, February 5.
Earlier on Thursday, additional director-general, BMP, Gupteshwar Pandey welcomed the guests to the inauguration.
A host of senior police officers, including director-general (vigilance) P.K. Thakur, additional director-general (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar, additional director-general (CID) A.K. Upadhyay, inspector-general (STF) Amit Kumar, inspector-general (special vigilance unit) Praveen Vashishtha and inspector-general (BMP) A.K. Ambedkar were also present on the occasion.